Montreal Canadiens' defenceman P.K. Subban won the NHL's breakaway challenge in the NHL's All-Stars skills competition on Saturday while channeling Czech legend Jaromír Jágr. On his second attempt, Subban donned a Florida Panthers jersey with the number 68, a wig emulating Jágr's famous mullet haircut, and a Jofa helmet; after taking the shot on Pekka Rinne, he even saluted Jágr-style. Speaking afterwards, Subban said he only got the idea around 25 minutes earlier but that it was a sign of respect to a player he had grown up watching. Jágr, also on the All-Star team, got a clear kick out of the joke and joined Subban on the ice in appreciation.
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The Czech Ice Hockey Association has named a new manager for the national team. The choice has fallen to current Sparta Prague coach and assistant national manager Josef Jandač. He replaces Vladimír Vujtek. The executive committee said the choice was unanimous and taken with a view to the looming squad selection for the World Championships being held in September.
Some 21,500 fans watched an outdoor ice hockey game between Kometa Brno and Sparta Prague on Friday evening, setting a new attendance record for the domestic Extraliga. A previous record had been set at the temporary arena just a week previously. The two Extraliga matches were part of the Brno Hockey Games, an event that is also set to include a women’s international against Slovakia. Kometa manager Alois Hadamczik thanked supporters for creating a great atmosphere at Friday’s match.
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In hockey, Czech star forward Jaromír Jágr scored two goals for the
Panthers on Sunday night in the team’s win over the Minnesota Wild. The
final score was 2:1. The win was the Panthers’ ninth straight; the team
is now first in the Atlantic Division on 50 points, three ahead of Montreal
with a game in hand. Overall, the Florida Panthers are fourth in the
league. The 43-year-old Jágr has 13 goals this season and 735 in his NHL
career. He is six behind Brett Hull for third on the all-time list.
On Saturday, meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens won their Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins by the lopsided score of 5:1. Tomáš Plekanec earned points for two assists.
In the Under 20 Ice Hockey world championships, the Czech team have been knocked out in the quarterfinals by the US. The Czechs were defeated by a wide 7:0 by a much more clinical opponent in front of goal. The Czech coach admitted the plan to try to hold the US to zero and hit them on the break failed. US player Austin Matthews racked up a hat-trick. The Czech team finishes fifth overall. The US go on to face Russia in the semi-final. The other tie matches Sweden and Finland.
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